who are blind or who have other disabilities that make it difficult
to read conventional print have access to thousands of books
and other materials in alternative formats -- such as braille,
audiotape, and large print -- through specialized libraries throughout
the world. Many of these libraries are also beginning to provide
books in electronic text formats, such as CDs that can be read
on a computer or other electronic device with a screen reader.
In addition, readers with adapted computers can take advantage
of the thousands of electronic texts that are available right
here on the Internet!
- This page
links to selected noncommercial (free) resources in the
- Library Catalogs
- The following are online
catalogs to offline collections of braille, audio, large print and electronic
- Canadian National Institute
for the Blind (CNIB) - VISUCAT
- Search CNIB's collection
of materials in braille, print braille, audio, electronic text, and descriptive
- Louis Database of Accessible Materials for
People who are Blind or Visually Impaired
- Maintained by the American
Printing House for the Blind, "Louis contains information about more
than 145,000 titles of accessible materials, including braille, large print,
sound recordings, and computer files from over 200 agencies throughout the
- Recording for the Blind
& Dyslexic (RFB&D) - OnLine Catalog
- Search RFB&D's collection
of audio and e-text textbooks and educational materials.
- Services that provide audio
access to information for people with print disabilities.
- International Association of Audio
Information Services (I.A.A.I.S.) [added 9/21/00]
- Formerly the National Association
of Radio Reading Services, "IAAIS is an organization of services that
provide audio access to information for people who are print disabled...."
The services may be affiliated with state or nonprofit agencies, public radio
stations, commercial FM stations, colleges, universities, or libraries. Users
hear news, features, sports, business, opinions, advertisements and other
material from newspapers, books and magazines which are typically broadcast
on a subcarrier channel of an FM radio station; listeners must have a special
receiver to pick up the closed circuit broadcast. Some services broadcast
on a television SAP channel, cable systems, open channel radio broadcasts,
over the Internet, or through telephone dial-in services. The web site provides
additional information about the organization and a hypertext list of Radio
Reading Services on the web.
Text (E-text) Collections on the Internet
- The following are noncommercial
(free) collections of books in electronic format on the Internet. Users
should note that the formats vary (e.g. ASCII, html, pdf, etc.); some may
be more accessible with adaptive software and hardware than others.
- Alex Catalogue of
- A "collection of digital
documents collected in the subject areas of English literature, American literature,
and Western philosophy."
- Internet Public
Library Online Texts Collection
- Search the collection's
13,000 titles or browse by author, by title, or by Dewey Decimal Classification.
Library of Canada - Electronic Collection
- "The NLC electronic
collection incorporates formally published Canadian online books and journals.
These publications are being acquired, catalogued, and permanently stored
at the NLC. Public access is provided on the Internet through the World Wide
- Project Gutenberg
- Classic books from the
first quarter of the 20th century and before, selected and produced in "plain
vanilla" (ASCII) text by volunteers. Search for specific works (or browse)
by author or title, or download a complete list in zipped format. Project
Gutenberg e-texts are also available via FTP.
- University of Waterloo
Library - Electronic Text Center
- "A collection of electronic
resources of value to those pursuing scholarly research in the humanities,"
particularly primary texts in the disciplines of Classics, English, French,
German, and Philosophy. Some of the materials are available offline or via
Guides to Electronic Text (E-text) Collections on the Internet
- Can't find what you want
in the collections above? These are online guides and indexes to electronic
resources on the Internet will lead you to many other resources.
- An extensive guide to scholarly
and academic resources on the Internet from the University of California-Riverside.
Topics covered the sciences, government information, social sciences, humanities,
and instructional materials.
- The On-Line
- Hosted by the University
of Pennsylvania, John Mark Ockerbloom's directory includes an index to over
11,000 on-line books and pointers to significant directories and archives
of on-line texts.
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